Villa Rica man found guilty of murdering woman, leaving her body along road

A Villa Rica man was convicted Monday of strangling a 55-year-old woman, stealing her car and leaving her body along the side of a Douglas County road, authorities said.

Eric Jackson Greene, 42, was found guilty on counts of malice murder, felony murder and theft by taking, Douglas County Assistant District Attorney Steve Knittel told His trial lasted a week, and it took the jury less than two hours to come to that verdict.

On Jan. 25, 2019, Douglas County deputies received a call after someone discovered the body of Sheila Bryant just off West Union Hill Road near Ephesus Church Road, previously reported.

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Her autopsy, which was performed by the GBI, ruled the death a homicide and said strangulation was the cause. Investigators found that she was killed at another location and left on the side of the road.

Greene was arrested the following month after deputies found him driving the woman’s car in Paulding County. He was already considered a person of interest in the case.

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His sentencing is scheduled for March 3.

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